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Among keys to curing cancer, academic medical centers loom large

By Steven J. Corwin, M.D., Lee Goldman, M.D., MPH and Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.

The moonshot to cure cancer will need to enlist the nation’s academic medical centers, our most powerful incubators of medical innovation. These institutions are already developing – and putting into use –some of the most promising therapies.

Following a memorable State of the Union in which he charged Vice President Joe Biden to lead a “moonshot” to find a cure for cancer, President Obama is proposing nearly $1 billion to fund cancer research over the next two years. The moonshot initiative aims to double the rate of progress being made on promising new therapies by bringing together the top minds in the field, funding their best work and sharing the results with the world. If the Obama administration needs a model for how this can be accomplished, it can turn to the nation’s academic medical centers, which are already bringing next-generation treatments to patients across the country. Read full article on The Hill

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